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Feedback Needed

The International Witness/Relationships Working Group is consulting with pastors and other congregational leaders to hear their views on how to make our international work most effective. The Working Group is seeking your input via this short survey.

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Progress Update from Keith – March 2017

We are excited to report that since the last update on our Future Directions process, much progress has been made! There are many, many people and levels to work with on these large scale changes. Progress may seem slow to observers, but it is gratifying to share with you that much activity is going on. Outcomes of all these efforts will be made available when the work has been completed – likely in late June or July. Below is a brief update on activities to date.

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A Proposal for Revitalizing MC Canada and Area Churches

by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator
January 27, 2017

The proposal released here provides some initial detail about vision and structure for MC Canada. This proposal flows from the approval of the Future Directions Task Force Report and Addendum by the delegate assembly in July 2016 in Saskatoon.

You can download the documents from the links below or from the documents page.

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Working Groups – Progress Report!

Slates for 9 of 11 Working Groups and the Listening/Reference Group are nearing completion and are now available here. Updates to this list will be published as more information becomes available.

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New Visuals Posted

Two newly designed graphics have been posted to help readers visualize:

  1. the way leadership has organized itself for our transition process, and;
  2. a timeline that takes us to a special assembly in Oct., 2017.

These and other documents related to the transition process are found via the “Documents” link in the menu of this web site.

Working Groups Called Into Service

Working Groups Posted!

Large numbers of invitations have been sent out to candidates of Working Groups. Generous and positive responses are already flowing back. This is very encouraging. The names of and Terms of Reference for the Working Groups have been posted in here.

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More Future Directions Discussion on Facebook

facebookgroupAll those who wish to expand discussion of – and beyond – the posts that appear on this site are invited to join the Facebook Group  for discussion.

Let the conversation ensue!

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A Time Line for the Transition of Mennonite Churches in Canada

Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator

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The Interim Council recently met at Toronto United Mennonite Church and approved an accelerated timeline for the transition of Mennonite churches in Canada.

Time is its own master. Only it knows when to shrink and when to stretch. Our nights and our days are governed by sunrise and sunset, by bursts of energy and bouts of exhaustion.

But our perceptions of time are real. When announced at Assembly 2016 that proposals for new structures would be brought to delegates no later than June, 2018, most ears understood that nothing would be presented sooner.

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Leadership for the Transition of Mennonite Churches in Canada

Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator

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Interim Council
Keith Regehr (Transition Coordinator), Aldred Neufeldt, Paul Wideman, Willard Metzger (MC Canada Executive Director), Dan Jack, Calvin Quan, Ken Warkentin, Peter Rempel, Lee Dyck

As Transition Coordinator, I want to communicate news and information as often as necessary and as clearly as possible about all that our transition entails. But I do not work in isolation. And, I fully anticipate missteps. I ask for grace from God and from you as I watch and listen for the Spirit to “show up” as I noted in another post on this site.

For those interested in such details, I share below the nuts and bolts of how and who I am working with on this giant project of being God’s church in a changing world.

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A Vision for the Transition of
Mennonite Churches in Canada

Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator

God loves the world and God is at work in the world.
God loves the church and God is at work in the church.

There are no truths more fundamental or more comforting. In some ways, there are no truths more discomforting. When the Spirit of God shows up, things happen. Ask Abraham about moving. Ask Peter about changing his mind about Gentiles. Ask Paul about a complete reorientation of life.

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